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Easy Tiramisu Recipe For Beginners

Hey everyone, it’s Sierra here! Today I’m bringing you an easy tiramisu recipe that even beginner bakers can make!

Kevin’s favorite dessert of all time is tiramisu, so he’s been begging me to make tiramisu for him. I always thought it was a fancy Italian dessert that would be difficult to make, so I’d been putting it off. However, after finally giving in and looking into it, I realized that making tiramisu is actually really easy! I combined many of the recipes I found and reduced it to this easy tiramisu recipe that anyone can make! Just because it is easy though doesn’t mean that it doesn’t taste amazingKevin swears that this is the best tiramisu he’s ever eaten (and he’s been to Italy).

easy tiramisu recipe

The Breakdown of Tiramisu

Classic tiramisu recipes can be broken down into 2 main componentscoffee-soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone cream. The mascarpone cream can then be broken down into two more componentsan egg yolk mixture and whipped heavy cream with mascarpone mixture (some recipes also use a meringue, but I found that that didn’t make a big difference so I skipped it).

Preparing the Ladyfingers

To prepare the ladyfingers, start by brewing a strong cup of instant coffee and adding some liquor (I used brandy but you can also use dark rum). Most recipes online call for espresso powder, but that can be difficult to find. Instead, I found that you could achieve the same taste by doubling the amount of instant coffee per cup that is recommended on the package (i.e. if the package recommends using 2 tablespoons of instant coffee per cup of hot water, make the coffee using 4 tablespoons of instant coffee instead).

After the coffee mixture is prepared, all you need to do is quickly dip both sides of each ladyfinger in the mixture. Work with one ladyfinger at a time, and don’t soak the ladyfingers for too long in the mixture, or else they will get too soggy.

To start, only prepare half of the ladyfingers and arrange them in a way such that they cover the entire bottom layer of your baking tray. You might need to break some of the ladyfingers to get a good fit. The rest of the ladyfingers will be prepared after the mascarpone cream.

easy tiramisu recipe

Preparing the Mascarpone Cream

For the mascarpone cream, the egg yolk mixture and the heavy cream with mascarpone mixture will be prepared in separate bowls and folded together. This creates a fluffy cream that is rich in taste.

To make the egg yolk mixture, whip (with whisk or hand mixer) together egg yolks and sugar. Many tiramisu recipes will have you do this step in a double boiler to pasteurize the eggs, but that adds a lot of extra complexity. For this easy tiramisu recipe, I use pasteurized eggs that are already safe to eat raw so we can skip the double boiler. If your eggs are not pasteurized, you can check out Sally’s Baking Addiction’s recipe to see how you can do this step in a double boiler.

Keep whipping the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture is a pale yellow and falls off of the whisk in ribbons when lifted up. You should be able to see the ribbons remain on the surface of the mixture for a second before they reintegrate.

To make the heavy cream with mascarpone mixture, start by whipping heavy cream and sugar until medium peaks form. When you lift the whisk, the tip of the peak that is formed should fold over, but the rest of the peak should hold its shape. If the peak stands straight up, you have firm peaks, and if the entire peak looks like it’s sagging, you have soft peaks. Don’t worry if your peaks are on the firmer side though, it’ll still taste great!

After medium peaks are formed, simply whip in the mascarpone and brandy until a smooth mixture is created.

When both the egg yolk mixture and heavy cream with mascarpone mixture are done, gently fold in the heavy cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Once it’s fully mixed in, you have your mascarpone cream filling!

easy tiramisu recipe

Assembly

With the ladyfingers and mascarpone cream completed, it’s time to assemble the tiramisu!

Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the ladyfingers that are already in the baking tray, trying to flatten the top of the cream as evenly as possible. Then prepare the rest of the ladyfingers and arrange in another tight layer on top of the cream. Finally, spread the remaining mascarpone cream on top of the ladyfingers and dust with a thick coat of cocoa powder.

That’s all there is to it! Just refrigerate overnight to let the flavors fully integrate, and you are ready to enjoy this delicious tiramisu!

Now that you know the breakdown, let’s get started on this easy tiramisu recipe!

easy tiramisu recipe

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Easy Tiramisu Recipe For Beginners

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Sierra Park Course: DessertCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy/Intermediate
Servings

9

pieces
Prep time

30

minutes
Refrigeration time

8

hours 

This easy tiramisu recipe is perfect for beginners looking to learn how to make this classic dessert. The amazing flavor of this tiramisu rivals that of the best Italian restaurants!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup instant coffee (use double the recommended amount of coffee grounds recommended on the packaging)

  • 4 tablespoons brandy/cognac (or dark rum; divided in half)

  • 16 ladyfingers (enough to fill the entire bottom of your baking tray twice)

  • 4 egg yolks (MAKE SURE YOU BUY PASTEURIZED EGGS)

  • 8 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar (105g)

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup mascarpone (227g)

  • Cocoa powder (for dusting the top)

  • Equipment
  • 9×9 inch square pan

  • Mixing bowls

  • Whisk or hand mixer

  • Silicone spatula

Directions

  • Mix instant coffee and 2 tablespoons of brandy. Using half of the ladyfingers, quickly dip both sides of each ladyfinger in the mixture and place on the bottom of the baking tray. You might need to break some of the ladyfingers to completely fill the layer (it doesn’t have to be tightly packed but there shouldn’t be much space between the ladyfingers)easy tiramisu recipe coffee and brandyeasy tiramisu recipe first layer of ladyfingers
  • In a larger bowl, whip together the egg yolks and 1/4 cup (50g) of sugar (either with whisk or hand mixer). Stop when the mixture is thickened enough that it falls in ribbons from the whisk when you lift it up. The ribbons should remain visible on the surface of the mixture for a second before it reintegrateseasy tiramisu recipe egg yolk mixture
  • In a separate bowl, whip together the heavy cream and remaining sugar (55g) until medium peaks form. Add mascarpone and 2 tablespoons of brandy and keep whipping until it creates a smooth mixtureeasy tiramisu recipe whipped creameasy tiramisu recipe heavy cream and mascarpone mixture
  • Gently fold the cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture until combined using a silicone spatula. Be careful not to over-mix or press too hard while mixingeasy tiramisu recipe heavy cream and egg yolk mixtureeasy tiramisu recipe folding mixtureeasy tiramisu recipe mascarpone cream
  • Spread half of the mascarpone cream over the prepared ladyfingers in the baking trayeasy tiramisu recipe cream on ladyfingers
  • Dip the remaining ladyfingers in the coffee mixture one at a time and arrange into a layer on top of the mascarpone cream. Spread the rest of the mascarpone cream on top of the ladyfingers and dust a thick layer of cocoa powder on topeasy tiramisu recipe second layer of ladyfingerseasy tiramisu recipe final creameasy tiramisu recipe done
  • Leave in refrigerator for at least 8 hours to let the flavors fully integrate. Enjoy!

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